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Autorickshaws usurp space at bus terminus

Serena Josephine. M

PERNAMBUT: The main bus terminus at Pernambut has been facing problems of space constraint for several years now. Most of the space at this terminus is occupied by autorickshaws and share autos leaving little space for parking buses. As a result, buses stop on the road forcing commuters to seek shelter under shops.

The terminus, which is located in a small area, has space to accommodate only three to four buses. However, a large number of autos and share autos are parked inside the terminus and most of the buses use the little available space just to make a U-turn.

“There is no space for buses inside the terminus. Most the buses stop on either side of the high road. We have to wait on the road for the buses,” said Shanti, a regular commuter. Buses plying to Vellore, Chennai, Ambur, Vaniyambadi, Bangalore and KGF stop at Pernambut. “There is heavy traffic congestion near the bus terminus during school hours at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. causing hardship for schoolchildren. Buses line up one after the other causing traffic congestion. The terminus can accommodate not more than three buses. At any given time, there are at least 15 to 20 autos inside the terminus,” said another commuter.

The demand to construct a bus terminus has been long pending of residents. President of Pernambut Consumer Welfare Protection Society T. Basheeruddin said the area of the existing terminus belonged to the Police Department.

Officials of the Pernambut Municipality said they had sought an area housing an old police quarters for construction of the terminus from the Police Department but it was turned down.

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